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11 April 2016 Update: Datsun is gearing up for the world premier of the redi-GO in India on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Booking will beign from May 1, followed by launch and finally delievries from June 1, 2016.


Datsun has taken the wraps off its smallest car yet, the redi-GO. That's what the concept is named, but that is a name that is likely to stick with the production car as well.


The redi-GO is small, but it has been styled to look like a little crossover. Datsun recognises that the world over customers like such styling, especially in emerging market economies like India, Indonesia and Russia. While the Datsun brand was resurrected by Nissan to make a push into these cost-competitive markets, the Datsun redi-GO is a car which may be sold in other markets as wel, including perhaps western Europe.


The redi-GO, which was earlier known by the code-name I2, will go on sale in India in April 2016. The little redi-GO will have a sub-1000cc petrol engine. The same 3-cylinder engine which powers the Datsun Go hatchback will be used for the redi-GO as well, but with a shorter stroke, which will result in smaller displacement. Datsun has decided on this approach to keep costs in check, allowing for modularity in parts to increase the economies of scale. 


Datsun management has indicated to autojunction.in that the redi-GO will have over 90 percent localised parts from the get-go, and the plan is tto increase this to 100 percent locally-sourced components by 2017. 


The most obvious competitor to the redi-GO is the Hyundai Eon. Given that the Eon sells well, but is styledmore conventionally, the redi-GO might spring a little surprise in the segment, but let's wait and see. 


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Datsun I2 Set To Be Revealed At the Auto Expo

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Image for representation purposes only. The actual Datsun I2 will look rather different.


WHEN: Early 2015

HOW MUCH: Rs 2.5 - 3.5 lakh

ENGINE: 800-1000 cc, 3-cyl petrol

COMPETITION: Hyundai Eon, Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Maruti Suzuki Alto K10


The Datsun I2 will be the smallest and cheapest car from the resurrected Japanese brand. “I2” is the codename for the Datsun small car, which in production form could be given another name. The Datsun I2 will be priced from Rs 2.5 lakh, and it will compete with the Hyundai Eon and Maruti Alto. The new Datsun I2 is likely to be available with a single engine only, rumoured to be a 3-cylinder petrol motor, displacing between 800-1000cc. Datsun will reveal the new I2 to the world for the first time at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.


For now, not to many details about the new Datsun I2 are available, but our sources have confirmed that the I2 which will be shown at the Auto Expo, will be more than just a mock-up. The design language of course will bear a clear resemblance to the already-revealed Go and Go+, so expect clean, geometric lines and simple surfaces. However, for representation purposes, we have used an image of Nissan’s Compact Sports Concept.

Motive power will come from a simpler, cheaper version of Nissan’s HR12 three-cylinder engine family, but with a lower displacement in the range of 800-1000cc. This engine is expected to be simple and robust, cheap to build and easy to service. Power and torque ratings will be comparable to Maruti Suzuki’s K10B engine, which powers the Alto K10 and A-Star, among others.


Importantly, Datsun has confirmed that it will manage its own sales and marketing in India, with Hover Automotive India, which handles sales and marketing for Nissan, not being involved. In the initial stages, Datsun cars will be sold through Nissan dealers, but Datsun will eventually have its own nationwide dealer footprint.


The Datsun I2 will likely be launched in the country by the end of 2014, or early in 2015. The price point of course is something that will be of particular interest to aspirational car buyers, looking to upgrade from motorcycles. Stressing confidentiality, some Nissan and Datsun insiders are confident that the new I2 will create the kind of aspirational magic that Tata had hoped for with the Nano, but failed to deliver. The Datsun I2 range in likely to start at Rs 2.5 lakh, going up to Rs 3.5 lakh. Nissan will stick to just 3 variants of the car. The base model of the I2 will be bereft of most features, and will have simple winding windows, no power steering and no air conditioning.


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